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Presbyopia: Managing the Inevitable

Ever wonder why older people prefer books with larger text? As time passes, your eye's lens grows more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. This is called presbyopia.

Those with untreated presbyopia tend to hold printed text at arm's length to be able to focus properly. In addition to reading, performing other close-range activities, for example, needlepoint or writing, can also cause eyestrain and discomfort in those suffering from this condition. When it comes to correcting presbyopia, you have a few solutions, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

Reading glasses are generally most useful for contact lens wearers or for people who don't already wear glasses for issues with distance vision. These are readily available, but it's advised not to get them before you've had a full eye exam. Those cheap reading glasses may be helpful for short periods of time but they can lead to fatigue when used for a long time.

If you already wear glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or the popular progressive addition lenses (PALs). These are eyeglasses with separate points of focus; the lower part helps you see at close range. If you wear contact lenses, meet with us to discuss multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment approach called monovision. Monovision is when each eye wears a different kind of lens; one addressing distance vision and one to correct close vision.

Because your vision continues to change as time goes on, it's fair to anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. Presbyopia can affect older individuals even after refractive surgery, so it is important to understand all the options before making decisions about your vision care.

Have to chat with your eye doctor for an unbiased opinion. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing vision in a way that's both beneficial and accessible.


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